Addicted to Hearing – Rob’s Story
Rob Kreisher is full of life and most recently, “addicted to hearing”. If you ask him, he will tell you that he enjoys people and loves to entertain. He grew up in Washington, NC, which he points out is known as the Original Washington. Rob’s journey to better hearing began two months ago but it took several years to get there.
About five years ago, Rob realized that his hearing was going “downhill” in a pretty dramatic fashion. He kept putting off seeking treatment or finding a solution, but the frustration began to really set in when he would misunderstand phone calls. His business revolves around phone calls and conversations with clients.
When Rob came into Levine Hearing for a hearing evaluation, I listened to his story, and made a recommendation to fit his needs. When I put his new hearing aids on him for the first time, his eyes were wide with excitement as he exclaimed,
“This is what I have been missing?”
He was happy to be hearing so well but also a bit scared that he had been missing so much for so long. He was all smiles! All sounds were new to him and I adjusted the prescription for comfort. Rob came back a few times for adjustments and a few cleanings. On one occasion his aid seemed blocked and he came in for Joanne (our Patient Care Coordinator) to check it. As he walked in the door he exclaimed,
“My hearing aid isn’t working so well, it has to be fixed because I am addicted to hearing!”
We quickly repaired his hearing aids and he left our office happy and hearing those important conversations. That statement, “addicted to hearing”, was music to my ears!
Rob is enjoying hearing the simple sounds like his coffee as he fills his mug and his puppy’s nails tap on the hardwood floors. These are sounds that we often take for granted, and this year we are drawing attention to them with the hashtag #Hear365. It isn’t just about hearing for the big occasions but hearing those simple, but beautiful sounds every single day of the year. I asked Rob what would be some advice he would give to someone who is struggling with their hearing. He responded,
“I have been amazed by the number of people who tell me that they have an untreated hearing loss. I encourage them to go to Levine Hearing immediately. If you aren’t all that sure, ask Joanne or Maggie for my number, I would be happy to tell you how much of a difference it makes in my life.”
We love how enthusiastic Rob is about better hearing! We would love to give you or a loved one that same enjoyment of the gift of everyday sounds.
Hi! I’m Maggie. I have been helping Charlotte hear better for nearly two decades! I love giving the gift of hearing to my friends and neighbors. Please leave me comments if my posts are meaningful to you or teach you something new, and feel free to tweet us at @LevineHearing!
10 thoughts on “Addicted to Hearing – Rob’s Story”
I have heard wonderful things about Madison and her team! Some of my friends have gotten hearing aids at Levine Hearing Center and they are all very pleased. They mention how everyone on the staff is professional, knowledgeable, and caring. And they tell me how their quality of life has improved now that they can better participate in conversations with family and friends. When I need to have my hearing checked, I will definitely go to Levine Hearing Center.
Rob’s story is fantastic and so is Levine Hearing. Friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff making an important impact on so many lives.
Great post! It really was spot on at describing how it feels to be hearing impaired and the joy of reclaiming that loss with the help of modern technologies.
What a great story about Rob! I love that he is “addicted to hearing”.
Super story! Sounds like being able to hear has changed his life!
Like Rob I received great service and care from the staff at Levine Hearing when I had my hearing evaluation. I too am addicted to hearing!
This story brought a little tear to my eyes! I love that after Rob was able to get help with his hearing aid that clogged, rather than just wait around like he initially did. He truly had come to appreciate how much hearing better benefitted him. You never now what you’re missing out on.
Love this story! I have watched my mother slowly retreat from family conversations because she just couldn’t keep up! It is so hard watching someone lose social connections due to hearing loss. Rob was very smart to get on it now before it led to isolation. I loved his mantra of being addicted to hearing! Good for him! So happy that he found the right help.
I can certainly identify with Bob and his former hearing issues! I had begun to find myself saying, “What did you say?” entirely too much. I knew there was some hearing loss—had had my hearing tested twice prior to “finding” Madison. The day she affirmed my issues and listened with heart and understanding, I knew I was ready to take the big step! Have been overjoyed with my hearings aids. I even returned to Levine this past week to have them checked out and cleaned, even though we have moved to the eastern part of the state! That says much about how I feel about Madison and the ladies who work alongside her. They are the BEST!!
(Congrats, Madison, on the arrival of your precious daughter! She is beautiful!!!)
Like Bob–it is amazing how glorious it is to finally hear those little things in life